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Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
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Cyprus And EU Bailouts

Cyprus seeks alternatives after rejecting European bailout terms. How the financial crisis in Cyprus tests Germany, the European Union and world markets.

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When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
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5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.
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South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

While the laws in some states might allow school employees to bring guns into classrooms, South Dakota is believed to be the first state to enact such a specific measure. It gives districts the right to set up "school sentinel" programs that train personnel.
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Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is Unconstitutional

Times were different when he signed the law in 1996, the former president writes in The Washington Post. Today, he says, the act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman discriminates against same-sex couples who have become legally married.
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Analysis: 'Snowquester' Shuts Down Government, Hearing On Redskins' Name Resumes

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about whether the government made the right decision to shut down for the so-called "snowquester."

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Austerity Around The Globe

During the past five years, countries around the globe have struggled to recover from severe recessions while managing their debts. We explore the backlash against austerity around the world

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Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping

Lack of a director can leave a federal agency treading water on policy and personnel issues, and several major agencies have been leaderless for years. The Senate also needs to act before federal judgeships can be filled, and some 10 percent of those jobs are vacant.

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